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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 26, 1985

By Eulalia Tollefson

Map-gazing may not be a popular sport but it can reveal the darndest things, as Chris Ellingson of Black Diamond discovered recently.

While looking at a map of Alberta, Canada, Ellingson chanced upon a town named, coincidently, Black Diamond.

Imbued with a natural curiosity, Ellingson determined to learn something about the Canadian town that bears the name of her city. Because she is a firefighter in the Black Diamond—Washington, that is—Fire Department, and knowing nowhere else to begin, Ellingson called the Black Diamond, Alberta—fire department and exchanged pleasantries with Fire Chief Tom Gillis. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 26, 1985

By Eulalia Tollefson

The Black Diamond reservoir is still leaking and in poor condition though a study made about three years ago, at the town’s request, recommended that “rehabilitation of the existing reservoir should be undertaken at once.”

However a new comprehensive plan released last week and funds granted by Housing and Urban Development, available July 1, suggest the city has moved significantly closer to resolving its water storage problem. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 10, 1998

By Cecilia Nguyen

Councilman Mario Sorci suggested to fellow council members that the council move forward with the proposal to expand from a body of five councilors to seven during the June 4 meeting.

“As we look to the summer months … there will be times when we won’t be able to get things done. We really need to go to seven members, said Sorci.

Mayor Howard Botts was in concurrence and asked the city attorney to begin drafting an ordinance concerning the council adding two addition members. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, June 9, 1992

By Mike Archbold

For Diane Boxx, the toughest call was the dead baby.

“It was the first time I ever cried on a call,” she told me. Even now, years later, the telling of it is painful. Her voice broke ever so slightly. There was a tightening around her eyes.

The child was a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. “We worked on the baby. We had called the medics,” she said. “The hardest part was knowing we couldn’t bring the baby back.”

One of her best calls was another infant. The 45-year-old mother of two helped deliver the baby who had decided to enter the world a bit early. “We were all on Cloud 9 after that,” she said with a smile. In fact, she and her fellow volunteer firefighters have delivered three babies, she said proudly.

For those who deal with death all the time, dealing with life is an honor, incidents to be celebrated and savored. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 22, 1998

By Cecilia Nguyen

Public Works Superintendent Dan Del Santo submitted a draft water conservation plan during the April 16 meeting.

The water conservation plan was drafted as a result of the Water Use Efficiency Act of 1989. Under the act it is required to have a water conservation plan included in all water system plans.

Black Diamond’s current plan is divided into three stages: voluntary, mandatory, and rationing. Since a large amount of water is used during the summer months, the water conservation plan is primarily effective between June 1 through September 30. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 18, 2006

By Kathleen Kear

Black Diamond Councilmembers recently approved an Interlocal Agreement with Mountain View Fire & Rescue for fire and emergency medical services. (L-R) Chief Greg Smith, Commissioner Jim Farrel congratulating Mayor Howard Botts, and IFC Steve Marstrom.

While the City of Black Diamond was in hunt for a new fire chief, Interim Fire Chief (IFC) Steve Marstrom made an inquiry of city officials as to whether they had considered any other possibilities aside from hiring a new chief. Although Mayor Howard Botts and the council had not considered any other options, they indicated they were open to more information. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 15, 1998

By Cecilia Nguyen

Black Diamond’s City Council unanimously passed a boating ordinance during the April 9 meeting.

The Ordinance 636 will be a lake specific ordinance that addresses noise, swimming/boating/water-skiing regulations, enforcement clauses, and so forth. Police Chief Rick Luther was eager to have the council put a boating ordinance in place because since January 1, 1998, Lake Sawyer has had no set of rules.

The city’s ordinance is based on King County’s boating ordinance with a few minor adjustments that particularly pertain to Lake Sawyer. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, April 12, 1989

The former deputy mayor of Seattle visited Black Diamond Thursday and offered to help the city get back on its financial feet.

John Collins, now executive director of Northwest Small Cities Services in Seattle, a private, non-profit foundation that helps smaller cities with a variety of projects, told the council he has worked with four Washington cities in the last six months, including Snoqualmie, where he worked on fixing the city’s worsening financial situation. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, April 2, 2003

By Kathleen E. Kear

Black Diamond Firefighters back on home turf following the Firefighter Challenge in Seattle. L-R Mike Hughes, Adam Craig, Hannah Dummer, Josh Farris, John McDougall.

Anyone who has donned full firefighter bunker gear can relate to how hot and heavy that gear can become just moving around on a level surface. Add to that climbing sixty-nine floors as quickly as you can and you have quite the challenge.

Taking on the task of climbing Seattle’s Bank of America’s (Columbia Tower) 1,311 stairs up 69 floors for the first time on Sunday, March 16, were Black Diamond firefighters Josh Farris, John McDougall, Mike Hughes, Thomas Gwin, Hannah Dummer, and Adam Craig. Full bunker gear for each of the participants included boots, gloves, jacket, pants, helmet, mask, and air pack (SCBA). (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, March 25, 1998

By Cecilia Nguyen

Officer Jamey Meador was introduced during the March 19 council sessions as the newest member of the Black Diamond Police Department.

Meador is the city’s first full-time female officer. “The goal of our department is to represent the community,” said Rick Luther, police chief.

Officer Meador graduated from Western Washington University with a criminal justice degree and went on to graduate at the top 15% at the police academy. (more…)

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